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My 2006 Jeep Wrangler (Manual transmission) slips out of first gear. When taking off from a dead stop, the shifter shoots back hard and a loud bang occurs from underneath the vehicle. This, however, only happens once in awhile. What it does do all the time is, if driving slow in first gear, the shifter will slip out of gear into neutral. I'm not understanding what's going on. Can you advise?

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Jessica Howe, Automotive Expert & Coach at


Thank you for writing in. You will want to ensure that the shifter boot is not interfering with the shifter linkage. You may want to remove the boot and look down towards the top of the transmission and make sure that nothing is interfering with you shifting. If it all seems clear, then there is likely an issue an internal transmission issue that will warrant a specialist. There is going to be an issue with how the internal gears are syncing together, causing the shifter to physically be pushed backwards. Good luck!

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